Absolutely; building a positive rapport with birth family members significantly contributes to the wellbeing of the child. The child will feel more comfortable knowing the adults in their life are working together and it helps to prevent loyalty issues.
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Foster children are allowed to earn their driving permits and license. However, it is required to have approval from the child's caseworker and supervisor.
Foster children can see any physician that accepts Medicaid.
No, foster children are required to attend public school. If you adopt a child, once the adoption is finalized, you are free to home-school that child.
Yes. Foster parents are required to get permission from birth parents to travel out of state. If birth parents decline permission, the County can request that a judge make a decision as to what is in the best interest of the child(ren).
Foster children will receive full medical coverage through Medicaid. You cannot add a foster child to your health insurance plan. Once an adoption has finalized you can add your adopted child to your health insurance plan. Some children qualify for continued medical coverage by Medicaid until the age of 18 and your health insurance can be utilized to supplement the Medicaid coverage.
The length of a child's stay in your home is dependent on the complexity of the family's circumstances - sometimes it takes only days, other times it may be months or even years.
Respite care is overnight care of a foster child provided by another certified foster family.
In order to preserve their social and academic stability, a youth will typically not be moved to a different school district when they enter into foster care. We will provide as much information about a child’s school / transportation needs as possible prior to you accepting placement of that child, so you can determine if your family is able to accommodate.